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  • Is Stage 3 Kidney Disease Common After Age 65?

    I found a lot of people asking about this and I wrote about it on my blog, so I thought I would share here if you wanted to know more about it.

    As you grow older, your kidney function declines. That is just part of nature, and many people over the age of 65 have a GFR that puts them into Stage 3 kidney disease. As much as 49% of adults over the age of 85 in the US may have an eGFR of less than 60 mL/min. As a matter of fact, the largest number of people with kidney disease are those over the age of 70, and most of them are in stage 3 or 4 kidney disease. So, does that mean you have to take drastic action?


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    Originally posted by Matheaford View Post
    I found a lot of people asking about this and I wrote about it on my blog, so I thought I would share here if you wanted to know more about it.

    As you grow older, your kidney function declines. That is just part of nature, and many people over the age of 65 have a GFR that puts them into Stage 3 kidney disease. As much as 49% of adults over the age of 85 in the US may have an eGFR of less than 60 mL/min. As a matter of fact, the largest number of people with kidney disease are those over the age of 70, and most of them are in stage 3 or 4 kidney disease. So, does that mean you have to take drastic action?


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    Mathearford,
    Yes, it is true that your kidneys can decline with age.... But you can also stay in stage 3 for many many years. Many people that are older do not even know that their kidney function has declined as they are never tested and never know that they may be in stage 3 or 4 during their lives.
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    • #3
      Originally posted by M3Riddler View Post
      Mathearford,
      Yes, it is true that your kidneys can decline with age.... But you can also stay in stage 3 for many many years. Many people that are older do not even know that their kidney function has declined as they are never tested and never know that they may be in stage 3 or 4 during their lives.
      I agree with that. I have a close friends who undergone kidney operation years ago and his doctor had no other choice but to removed the right kidney because it didn't function anymore. So now he is careful in his diet and total change of lifestyle. It is important to undergo urinalysis check every month to know your kidney condition.

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      • #4
        I have been in stage 3 for ten year and now I'm 71 years young

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        • #5
          Were you put on any meds and how did you change your diet? Do you know if drinking distilled water with electrolytes is good for the kidneys?

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          • #6
            Originally posted by ecclectic123 View Post
            Were you put on any meds and how did you change your diet? Do you know if drinking distilled water with electrolytes is good for the kidneys?
            Ecclectic123..I know you didn't ask me but I'll put my 2 cents in if it helps...
            I am stage 3b. I am not on any meds for kidney disease although if you have high blood pressure/cholesterol you will need to take your meds to keep that in check. I would not drink water with electrolytes. I believe that may not be good. You need to ask your doctor though. I would just drink lots of plain old water. Not dark soda because that is bad for your kidneys. Diet depends on your bloodwork numbers. You might be able to eat normally in stage 3 unless your doctor lets you know your numbers are off to much. Everyone is different in what they need to do. Just follow your doctors advice and ask lots of questions.

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            • #7
              I was recently diagnosed with stage 3. My head is still spinning, I found out by reading my own lab values. I don't think my Doctor would have even mentioned it, if I hadn't. I have been doing well at not adding salt to my foods, and I have stopped a life long habit of drinking coke.

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              • #8
                I do not know if my kidney disease is at stage 3 or not. I was told a week ago by a medical clinic Dr. that I waited 5 hours to see that my kidney disease has caused damage to my liver and is why I have swollen feet and cheek bones. I was sent to a lab immediately to get 14 liver,kidney and mineral tests. Clinic Dr. will not give me results.I was told at the clinic I am being sent to a specialist who will give me my results. I will also ask to see a kidney Dr. on nutrition as well. I have had kidney disease for 3 years. I will also ask for all numbers from the lab results so I can check online what it all means.

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                • #9
                  Hi Big Trouble. I was diagnosed with stage 3 about 3 months ago. I am 74 years old. It was a shock. I had symptoms of swollen face and water retention my GFR was 50 and creatinine 1.36. Looking back at blood work levels had been abnormal but guess not for my age? I have been on kidney diet and blood work shows has stabilized. Maybe I will be like wwalder and can go 10 years with stage 3. So there is hope..

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                  • #10
                    When I was 53, my GFR went as low as 6 before I started dialysis. My father, who was 88, had a GFR of 79.......

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                    • #11
                      Wow I am almost stage 4 with GFR at 31 and I have never had any swelling anywhere. I do have the fatigue and also protein in my urine. Mostly the fatigue is what gets me the most.

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                      • #12
                        No, it is what it is.

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